England might not be the largest island in the world, but no other nation has opened so much of its coastline for public access. This book explores the England Coast Path*, finding 1,000 mini adventures to enjoy along the entire route.
In 2018 Stephen Neale, as a path surveyor, spent months walking the England Coast Path, and in doing so has written a fantastically detailed and rich guidebook covering the route itself, along with everything from the best places to swim, hunt for fossils or eat seafood to hidden away beaches and canoeing spots. The bulk of the book is divided up into 16 coastal counties and features 1,000 places to see, explore, camp and adventure around the coast. Each place also has map coordinates, basic directions to it from the path, and a short description. Walkers can either visit specific places or link highlights together, walking between them along the path.
Environmentalists, volunteers, social campaigners, landowners and politicians have all come together to create a ‘ninth wonder of the world’. This path represents what makes England so great: a little bit mad, a little bit proud, but mostly a celebration of this nation’s most precious asset: the wild coast.
Stephen Neale is a multi-award-winning journalist and author. He was responsible for asses an Essex section of the path in liaison with Natural England on behalf of the Ramblers. He is the author of Camping by the Waterside, also published by Bloomsbury. He is available for interview.
Stephen Neale is also the author of Wild Camping 2nd edition, publishing 2nd April 2020.
*At the time of writing, the England Coast Path is due to formally open in 2021 to coincide with the Year of the English Coast 2021. The first section opened in 2012 at Weymouth during the Olympic Games. Many more sections of the path have been opened in the last two years and will continue to open in 2020.